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Chapter 7 Atomik Xport Tools

Laying out elements on a page in accordance with a predetermined box order can impose constraints on the design of your publication. A DTD will typically require an image to be followed, or preceded, by the relevant caption and copyright information. Imposing this kind of consistency on the layout may be difficult, or, in magazine design, inappropriate.

Another real-world issue arises around content-exclusion. Although it is possible to exclude text from the extracted XML, simply by not mapping its style to an element, an editor may want the freedom to exclude content which has the same styles applied as extracted content. Further, many production workflows need to exclude images that are adverts from their extracted data, while retaining images that are relevant to the narrative.

For these cases, we have provided Atomik Xport Tools, a separate plug-in that can be distributed among your designers, allowing them to author-in information into the layout that will override the automated extraction system. The Atomik Xport Tools plug-in does not require activation and there are no licensing restrictions preventing you from installing it on multiple machines in your company.


The Atomik Xport Tools are provided as a separate plug-in which is loaded into InDesign using an installer. You can run this installer on as many workstations as you need - the only requirement is that InDesign is already present on the computer. Xport tools runs independently of Atomik Xport, and no activation is required. The Tools palettes can be accessed from the “Window > Atomik Xport Tools” menu on InDesign’s menu bar.